Camping 2023 – Koningskop Campsite

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Koningskop campsite in the beautiful Western Cape near Citrusdal. Linda and I, along with our 1-year-old daughter, Olivia, went on a 3-night adventure with our friends Andrew and Zelni. As we approached the campsite, I couldn’t help but marvel at the breathtaking views of the towering mountains and rolling hills.

Andrew and Zelni had already had their stand set up by the time we arrived, so we quickly put up our tent and made ourselves comfortable, ready to explore the area. One of the highlights of the weekend was the hiking trails that were available in the surrounding area. Andrew, myself and Olivia decided to tackle the Koningskop hike, which was a challenging but rewarding experience. The trail took us through some stunning scenery, and the fresh air and exercise did wonders for our spirits.

We weren’t lucky enough to spot any wildlife along the way, such as baboons and antelope which can be found in the area. Another highlight was the opportunity to see the bushman paintings that are located at the top of the mountains created by the San. The paintings were fascinating, and we spent some time exploring the sites and learning about the history and culture of the indigenous people who created them. Of course, one can’t travel anywhere with Andrew and not crack open a beer along the way. There are not many better places to sip on a Black Label than at the top of the Olifant’s River mountains.

Back at the campsite, we enjoyed spending time around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and catching up with our friends. We also took advantage of the on-site facilities, which included a dam with a  and a well-equipped playground for Olivia and even a super tube slide leading into the water (Olivia wasn’t tall enough this time around to play on that). One of the things that I loved about Koningskop was the sense of tranquility and seclusion that we felt there. Despite being only a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, we felt like we were a world away from the stresses of everyday life.

In terms of amenities, the campsite had everything we needed, including clean ablution facilities and a well-stocked shop where we could buy groceries and supplies. The staff were also incredibly friendly and helpful, making our stay even more enjoyable. All in all, our trip to Koningskop was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish for years to come. The stunning scenery, the challenging hikes, and the fascinating history of the bushman paintings all combined to make this a truly unique and special place. I would love to try out their 4 x 4 trail on my next visit, as I believe it is quite challenging. I would recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway in the heart of the Western Cape.
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